Thursday, February 7, 2013

eclectic Paperie - Get Altered Challenge


Hi everyone and welcome to our next Get Altered Challenge, hosted on the eclectic Paperie blog!  Today's challenge was to alter a book...ohhh...loved it when I first heard the idea and then spend two weeks fretting over what to create!  I was actually reading to one of my children one night when this idea popped into my head!

I decided to create a faux book out of square chipboard coasters.  Why create a book?  Well...I just couldn't find any books in our house that I had the heart to alter!  LOL!  I think I need to visit my local antique store to grab some worthy of altering...My faux book opens to a picture frame, which fits pefectly on my night stand.  Let me tell you how I created my book...
 I started by grabbing a stack of chipboard coaster, some paint (Pool & Espresso), a few embossing folders, and grungepaper.  I ran all of the grungepaper through my Vagabond to emboss each piece.  Then I painted the two cover pieces with the Pool paint and the extra strips with Espresso.
 I let the paint dry, which happens pretty quickly with the paint, and then used my sanding block to remove some of the paint (mostly on the embossed areas).  Then I used my blending tool and Walnut Stain Distress Ink to age the cover.  Check out the difference after aging!  (My youngest told me, "Mom, I'm not sure this looks so good...it's all messed up and kind of old looking."  Exactly, kid, exactly...)
 Next I glued all of the chipboard coasters together so two stacks of five coasters; five for the left "page" and five for the right.  Then I roughly covered the inside of both pages with the Espresso paint and glued tissue wrap to both pages (seriously, one of my all time fav products!) 
One the glue was dry, I went back with three different types of tissue tape, tore little pieces, and attached them all over the pages.  Aged with my Walnut Stain, and use matte glue 'n seal to seal the entire piece.
Then I printed out two photos of my cutie boys, in black and white, trimmed them, rounded the corners and attached them to the pages.

To my inside pages I used white embossing paste and the mini cursive alphabet stencil to add some dimention to the outside edges of the pages.  I added a few other pieces of tissue tape to hold each photo and then found some of those random mini stickers we all have lying around our studios to add a title.  I also found some perfect rub ons that I used at the botttom of each photo.
Once the inside pages were complete, I started to assemble, which consisted of adding the three bands to the outside of my book to hold it together.  I simply added a few brads to each band and attached them with Glossy Accents (that stuff will hold anything!)  And then my book was finished!  Super fun, I had a great time creating my book and am looking forward to altered more books!
 
Be sure to check out all of the design team's work on the eP blog, and then enter the challenge for an opportunity to win a $15.00 gift certificate to go shopping at eclectic Paperie!

11 comments:

butterfly said...

Ooh, scrumptious embossing on those coasters - the colours are amazing too! Love those ephemera backgrounds - and how cute are your boys?!
Alison x

Tracy said...

Insert a shriek here . . . oh my, love the use of the coasters.The black and white pics{gorgeous bairns}look so so good with the other colours and the embossing...woohoohoo!!
Love it all Kim.
Hugs
xoxox

Erin Smetak said...

Awesome book!!!! Love your comment about what your son said about it looking old! Hahaha!
I love how you created the cover and that you made it into a picture frame! That's awesome! Makes me think I should do something w/ the inside of my book/box! Thanks for the inspiration!!! :D

Mary-Ann Maldonado said...

oh my, I have those coasters, that stamp and those metals! Now, to get crafty and color the way you do. Not sure mine would look this great! Good lookin' boys you got there! Great job:o)
Mary-Ann M.

Bonnie Irvine said...

What a fabulous use for those coasters! Your son is right, this does look old...and amazing. The colours are lovely. I can't believe how much the WAlnut Stain toned down the turquoise. The embossing and the "hardware" really add to the aging. Love the tissue wrap/tape background for the kids' photos. They are handsome dudes and the stars of their own book. How cool is that!

Colleen said...

Kim,
What a perfect book/frame you made to hold little guys pictures.

Donna-Marie said...

Hey girlfriend you floored me with this...soooo creative talk about thinking outside the box (book) LOL :-)

Dianne said...

This is beautiful, lovely with the boys, thanks for sharing...

Marjie Kemper said...

Sorry -ALERT- kids too cute!!! Love your colors on this project but the pics of your boys are just stealing the show. What a cool mini album!

Broni said...

Awesome, Kim! How perfect that you have it on your bedside table! I just love this and love your step-by-step description!

Annette Green said...

Catching up on posting comments, and saw your faux book/picture frame Kim. This is SUCH a great idea and looks so fun to make. I love the idea of using pieces of different tissue tape to cover the background. It looks so cool!